The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed the Uttar Pradesh Government's notifications for acquiring villagers' land in Ghaziabad district to set up a leather city there.

A Bench of Justice G. S. Singhvi and Justice H. L. Dattu set aside the State Government's notifications, issued in 2006 and 2007, for acquiring the land purportedly for the leather industry.

The Court said it was wrong on the part of the government to acquire the land by invoking the urgency provision under the Land Acquisition Act without hearing the objections of the owners.

“The respondents (government authorities) are not justified in invoking the urgency provisions of the Act, thereby depriving the appellants (owners) of their valuable right to raise objections and opportunity of hearing before the authorities in order to persuade them that their property may not be acquired,” the Bench said.

The Court passed the order on petitions filed by villagers and farmers challenging the State Government's decision to acquire their land for setting up the industry.